Archives For April 2009

You’ve never seen a pig fly, but you’ve no doubt heard a lot about swine flu, or A(H1N1). At the moment, there is a lot of fear surrounding this new strain of the flu virus due to the unknowns and the vast amount of media attention that’s been given.

At TCC, we are also watching the news and keeping up with the latest developments. We are concerned about the safety of each and every person in our area. However, we are doing so with trust in God’s protection. 3 John 1:2 reminds us that physical health is important, and spiritual health is even more important. My personal prayer is that God would use this situation to draw us closer to Him.

The Hays School District remains open, which means that we will be gathering for our regularly scheduled services on Sunday at the PAC at 9:00 and 10:30am.

I want to assure everyone that, as usual, we will provide a clean and safe environment for everyone in attendance, taking extra precautions in our nursery and children’s areas.

In the meantime, in order to stay healthy, let me encourage you to follow these simple steps provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Clean your hands. Washing your hands with soap and water often to help protect you from germs.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, church, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. (This typically means if you have had a fever within the last 24 hours)
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

We have an inspiring service planned for this Sunday, and I can’t wait to see you there! If anything does change, we will notify you on this blog and through our newly designed site.

Play to Your Strengths

April 15, 2009
Strengths Finder 2.0

There are lots of things that I’m no good at. Really. In fact, if I were to begin to list them, they would fill the page. And no matter how hard I try, I’ll probably never be great at certain things, even things that I wish I could do. That’s okay. There are a few things that I’m very good at doing.

There are a lot of people wasting a lot of time and energy trying to excel at things they’ll never master. They try to shore up their weaknesses.

Why not instead be great at what you’re already good at? That’s one of the secrets to success. It’s about living the way you were made. You were designed to make a difference!

I am trying to learn to play to my strengths. The book StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a great tool to discover your design. Here’s what I found out about my personal top 5 strengths:

Belief: Believers have certain core values that don’t change. Out of these values comes a defined purpose for their life.

Maximizer: Maximizers focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something excellent.

Woo: Wooers love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They get satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with someone else.

Includer: Includers easily accept others. They’re aware of people who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.

Activator: Activators can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.

Do you know what you’re really good at? Then go for it!

Taking a Spiritual Survey

April 13, 2009

Easter Sunday 2009 was completely amazing at The Connection Church this year. After a powerful weekend with Good Friday service and over 1700 people at The Big Hunt, we were ready for the main event: Sunday morning. A record Sunday morning attendance of 835 joined us for the kick-off of our new series “Ultimate Fighter.” We received 26 first time guest cards from people who were experiencing TCC for the very first time!

Each Easter, we do a spiritual survey to mark where each person is in their walk with God. This year, over 200 people participated in the survey. To do this, we include the letters A, B, C, and D on our Connection Cards. I let everyone know that if they are Accepting Christ today, to mark “A.” If they have Been a Christian Before today, mark “B.” If they are Considering the Claims of Christ, mark “C.” And if they Don’t ever plan to accept Christ, mark “D.” They also have the option of renewing their commitment to Christ. This graph illustrates the responses:

Easter Responses at The Connection Church

Easter Responses at The Connection Church

The most important number here is the 29 people who stepped across the line of faith yesterday, into an eternal connection with Christ! That’s what it’s all about! That’s why we are here! Make no mistake, these 29 people responded to God’s call to become a part of His family and they are now part of our family. Connection Church, because of your commitment to reaching people, 29 eternal destinies were changed yesterday!

We will also be following up with the 16 people who want more info on what it means to follow Christ. Be praying for them as they take these next steps in their spiritual journey. I’m believing they will also open their hearts and lives to Jesus very soon.

And I know that of the many people we reached out to at The Big Hunt and through our mailers, some of them will be coming in the next few weeks. We’re not going to let up in our effort to create a place where people have the best chance to connect with God!

Rez Day is On The Way

April 8, 2009

Easter (Resurrection Sunday) is coming quick and I can’t wait! This Sunday is going to be one of those watermark moments for TCC and for hundreds of our neighbors. We’ve been getting ready for a long time and we’re still prepping for the biggest day of the year! But, there are some choices you will need to make, like which service should I go to? Which service should I serve in? We’ve got the answer for you right here:

Come to the 9:00am service on Easter Sunday at TCC! from The Connection Church on Vimeo.
Watch out for Makenzie. In the video, she gets in some good punches. The point is this: Come to the 9:00 so that we’ll have better balance in the services and then stick around to make the 10:30 the best experience possible for the people we’re inviting to join us this Sunday! This week’s kickoff of the new series is going to be about what a real man looks like. Here’s the hint: take a look at Jesus! He’s the risen King of kings and Lord of lords!

Whatever you do, DON’T COME WITHOUT BRINGING SOMEONE ALONG! YOU CAN DO IT!

Let’s say I want to get involved in a meaningful ministry in my church, but I don’t really know where to begin. What’s my first step?

At some churches, getting involved in a ministry can mean weeks of classes, or being approved by a committee. Not so at The Connection Church. We value on-the-job training. If you want to make a difference, you can jump in right away and get your feet wet. We call it “shadowing,” and it simply means that you can choose an area where you want to serve and watch how it’s done.

The easy process of passing it on goes like this:

  • I do it.
  • You watch me do it.
  • I watch you do it.
  • You do it.

This has been one of the most effective ways we’ve seen of getting people quickly involved in a ministry. After all, there are so many things that you can’t learn by sitting in a classroom. And lectures are a quick way to put out the fire that people have when they decide to step up and make a difference.

At TCC, we want everyone to have the chance to do something significant with their lives by being a part of a ministry team. If you want to find out more about the teams we offer, check them out here.

If you’re already involved with a team, who are you passing it on to? Do you have someone you’re mentoring? One of our key principles is: never do ministry alone.

Now is a great time to get off the sidelines and get into the game!